You may not wish to stay in a hotel or apartment due to expense or a wish to explore in a different way so here are some camping sites and their numbers. I don't really do roughing it so I cannot vouch for any of these sites and merely suggest them as possibilities should this be your preferred method of travelling:
Akyarlar / Bodrum
Tel: (252) 393 62 33
Güvercinlik / Bodrum
Tel: (252) 374 51 18
Güvercinlik / Bodrum
Tel: (252) 374 53 72
Güvercinlik / Bodrum
Tel: (252) 374 54 06
Gümbet / Bodrum
Tel: (252) 316 22 30
A visit to the Aegean region is a guarantee of some very hot weather and even though this tip is likely to be obvious and common sense I shall say it anyway.
No matter what travel sites and forcasts predict, the weather in Bodrum in July is rarely lower than 30 degrees and in August I have been there when it went as high as 44 degrees and it's so hot even the Turks don't want to do anything, never mind how you will feel. UK heat does not prepare you for Turkey as Bodrum heat is dry and you will sweat just standing still!! Nights are cooler but you still need to dress for heat as the cooler night temperature is often betwen 20 and 30 degrees.
* Drink 2 - 3 litres of water everyday, you are going to sweat heavily and must replace that water to avoid dehydration (especially if you plan on drinking later!).
* Start your holiday with a very high sun screen (I start with at least SPF 30) and decrease as you stay there longer. Make sure you keep reapplying.
* Try to be in the shade from 1pm - 3pm when the sun is at its highest and the heat is ferocious (you couls almost burn talking about the sun!!)
* If you go to the beach beware the breeze. Gumbet Bay has a delightful breeze that is so soothing in the heat but merely amplifies the rays, equally so the rays will reflect off the water.
* Minimise your activity during the hottest part of the day to reduce dehydration.
* Don't even worry about make up at night - minimum that you need because it just slides off!
There is no shortage of holiday car hire options in Bodrum but driving in Turkey is no easy job and the best thing to ensure your safety is probably to rent a car from a familiar agent - the town offers car hire from Avis, Budget, easycar and Europcar of the major companies. There are many others that are local, offer unbelievably cheap deals and may well be very safe and well insured but I would stay on the safe side and go for well known company over cheap deal.
Fondest memory: Avis Rent a Car: 316 23 33
Budget Rent a Car: 316 73 82
Europcar Rent a Car: 316 56 32
Electricity in Bodrum and large areas of Turkey is generated by solar energy - what else in a country with so much sun!! However this can lead to a certain degree of unreliability (usually when you have just switched on a hair dryer I find!!) and power outages are an occassional event. When these happen many bars and restaurants have candles and lamps at the ready so that you can continue with your evening and soak up a different ambience! The power cuts rarely last longer than 5 - 15mins.
Power in Turkey is 220v and you will need to bring 2 pin travel adaptors from the UK to be able to use your electrical appliances here. Beware the wobbly sockets that seem to come as standard in many hotel rooms!
Bodrum castle is the most fantastic place to visit. During the summer months it is very hot in Turkey but when you go into the castle it is quiet, cool and calm with trees and shrubs. A different world. They also hold different events there, including Ballet in the coolness of the night.
Fondest memory: There are many sights and sounds of Bodrum that will stay with us forever,but the fondest memory that I have is that the people always speak to you and smile and are happy to help you. They will go out of their way to get something for you and all they want in return is for you to remember them again. Sometimes it can be hard to accept their kindness because we are not like this in England!
The marina and port for ferries is located right in the heart of Bodrum. It's a bustling place hosting elegant yachts that come from all over the world. It's nice to walk along the marina and watch all those beautiful wooden sailing yachts.
Many sailing companies have there starting point in Bodrum for a cruise along the turquoise coast of Turkey.
It's a pleasure to walk in the narrow streets near the castle and harbour. Here you will find many restaurants, bars and gift shops, selling carpets, leather, copper and bronze wares, silver and gold, handicrafts and embroidery.
The cosy alleys are pedestrianized and offer some shade during the hot sommer days.
Head Official's Office : +90-252-316 10 01
Municipality : +90-252-316 10 09
Provincial Directorate of Information : +90-252-316 10 91
Police : +90-252-316 80 80
Hospital : +90-252-313 14 20
Air Ticket :
Turkish Airline : +90-252-3133172 (2 lines)
Ferris & Hydrofoils :
Bodrum Express Line : +90-252-316 10 87
Bodrum Ferryboat Association : +90-252-3160882
Bus Companies :
Ulusoy : +90-252-3130167
Varan : +90-252-3167849
Uludag : +90-252-3132777
Pamukkale : +90-252-3161369
Metro : +90-252-3132233
Karadeveci : +90-252-3162560
Kamil Koc : +90-252-3165350
Hakiki Koc : +90-252-3131662
good morning- gunaydin
good afternoon- tunaydin
good evening- iyi akshamlar
good day- iyi gunler
how much does it cost? - bu kaç para?
where is ...........? - .............. nerede?
post office- postane
police station- karakol
shopping center- alýþveriþ merkezi
what is ..........? - ...... ne?
which is .......? - .......... hangisi?
when...........? ......... ne zaman?
who is.......? .......... kim?
whose ........? ........... kimin?
what kind of........? ne çeþit ........?
cold - soguk
apple juice- elma suyu
mineral water- soda
SOME USEFUL DIALOGUES
how are you? nasilsin?
fine, thanks- teshekkurler iyiyim
and you?- ya sen?
would you like .......? .......... ister misin?
I want ..........- ............. istiyorum.
I like ........... - ............ hoshlanirim.
I love ............ - ........... severim.
I don't like.......... - ..............'dan hoshlanmam.
P.S. : you can also ask for the things you could need cos my mind stopped:)
Favorite thing: The voltage here in Bodrum is 220 volts. All electical appliances may be used here but of course as the pluds here are different i.e. 2 pin circular, then you will need a treveller adapter. Unlike Europe, most Turkish bathrooms have sockets and we advise caution when using these. From time to time power cuts may occur which unfortunately are out outt of our control but generally they do not last very long and normally power is quikly restored.
Favorite thing: I recommend that you do not drink the tap water in Bodrum due to it's high mineral content. Both 1 litre and 5 litre bottles can be purchased or from the bar or market in your accommodation or from one of the many markets around the resort. For those staying in self-catering acommodation the tap water can be used for making tea or coffee as there is no problem once the water is boiled.
Favorite thing: In the centre of all resort you will find the Post Office which is indicated in Bodrum with a yellow sign resding "P.T.T." The opening hours may vary from town to town but in general in high season your local post office is open from early morning until at least midnight and seven days a week. Here you can buy stamps and make telephone calls. Some accommodations sell stamps and will post letters and cards for you. When calling home of course the easiest way is to phone from your hotel or apartments. Most accommodations have direct telephones in the rooms or if not the reception can connect you.
The ferry I came with from Datch docked in the harbour in the west bay. On the pier below the castle are the ferry offices, and beside Datch (Körmen) there are also ferries to Kos and Rhodos from here.
Below the castle and around the western bay it is full of yachts (gullets), which you can take a daytrip with or rent for several days. The yachts are a nice sight in the harbour.
Citizens of most of the European countries need visas to enter Turkey, but all you need is a valid passport and 10 euros/dollars/pounds.
Turkish money is called Turkish lira, and 1 euro is around 1750000 liras. Money can sometimes be a problem there, because you can easily get confused with all that zeros, but later you get used to it.
Favorite thing: Turkish cuisine has never gotten the attention it deserves as one of the world's finest. One of your here unnamed guides argues it even better than Italian. At the very least, it's breadth and history are impressive. The delicious variety of sweets, salads, fruits, grilled meat dishes, and soups reflect an empire that spanned from Northern Africa, to the Balkans, the Middle East and into Europe as far as Vienna. We will indulge in a variety of delicious and regional specialties, including stuffed peppers and grape leaves, cheese borek, fresh tomatoes and olives, feta cheese, grilled kebabs, rice pilav, figs, sweet baklava, pudding and cakes accompanied by Ephesus beer, a glass of Turkish wine, silted coffee, apple tea and raki -- the national, anise-flavored alcoholic drink that is shaken, not stirred
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